Try drinking a glass of apple juice and half an hour later drink a glass of water. This will give your digestive system an extra boost of hydration.
Alternatively, if you don’t have the juicer or don’t want to spend time every day extracting the juice, simply eat two apples a day and drink at least 1.5 l of water.
Raw Vegetable Juices
There are many vegetables you can use to make tasty juices that will not only give you a boost of vitamins and minerals but also help you cleanse the colon in a gentle, natural and systematic way. You can use beetroots, carrots, spinach, kale, celery, broccoli, parsley and many other vegetables to make juices. And the best thing is that you can mix and match them according to your preferences or to the availability of the products. This way you won’t get bored with the same type of juice. For extra flavour, you can add some fruits, like apples, strawberries or oranges to your juice. A dash of mint or ginger will turn your juice into a delight you will want to drink every day.
High Fibre Products
Your digestive system needs a high intake of fibre to function properly. Fibre helps remove the toxins from the colon because it softens the stool and makes it easier for the colon to evacuate the undigested matter. You can get some fibre supplements in health food stores and pharmacies, but their effectiveness is nowhere near the natural fibre taken in through eating foods like fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, whole grains, cereals, nuts, seeds and beans. When you prepare lunch or dinner at home, you should make it a rule that ¾ of the space on the plate is taken up by high-fibre vegetables and only ¼ by meat or other sources of proteins. When you eat out, always order a salad. Your digestive system, your skin and the scales will thank you for that.
Drinking water with lemon juice has numerous health benefits, from helping to maintain an appropriate body pH – which helps improve the energy levels – to removing toxins from the digestive system – which promotes healthy skin and appropriate bowel movement. Every morning squeeze the juice of half a lemon into a glass of lukewarm water and drink it on an empty stomach. You can add a teaspoon of honey for a sweeter flavour and the extra antibacterial benefits.
Adding a teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice to a glass of apple juice results not only in a nice, zesty flavour but also doubles the colon-cleansing properties of these liquids.
Ginger also helps remove the toxins from the digestive system and stimulates the functionality of the colon. Ginger can be eaten, drunk or chewed and in every case does the same good job. It only depends on you and your flavour preferences. You can add a small piece of ginger root to the homemade fruit and vegetable juices or use ground ginger to add extra flavour to your herbal teas and coffee. You can also chew a piece of ginger 2-3 times a day.
The pulp of aloe vera is known for its laxative, cleansing and detoxifying properties. As aloe vera cleansing diets have become popular, the market started offering various types of aloe vera juices. However, unless it is an organic product, it won’t work the same way as the mixture you can prepare yourself at home. Take an aloe vera leaf, cut it in half and squeeze the pulp out. Mix it with one spoon of lemon juice in a glass of water. Refrigerate it for 2 hours and drink. You may want to prepare more of it straight away and drink it over two or three days. The fresher it is, the better, but you can easily keep it in the fridge for a few days.
Flaxseeds are rich in fibre and omega-3 fatty acids. When you eat flaxseeds, they absorb the water from the digestive system and expand in the colon, helping to cleanse it effectively as it passes through. You can add flaxseeds to some foods, like cereals, muesli, yoghurts or salads or you can soak a tablespoon of flaxseeds in a glass of water and drink it twice a day, preferably 30 minutes before breakfast and 30 minutes before going to bed. It is highly recommended to people who are on a diet as flaxseeds soaked in water before consumption start to expand as soon as they reach the stomach, which reduces the hunger sensation, prevents you from snacking and makes you eat smaller portions of food.
Yoghurt and Milk
Yoghurt contains probiotics that support the growth of good bacteria in the digestive system. Eating at least one small yoghurt twice a day may help you avoid various health problems coming from the digestive system. If the flavour of yoghurt is too plain for you, you can mix it with some fruits, like raspberries or strawberries or add it to your muesli.